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Originally set to begin on January 16, the initial stage of the plan has been postponed until the end of February.
Entry restrictions will be progressively eased from mid-January 2022, with priority given to fully vaccinated citizens living abroad.
From early December, vaccination levels and case numbers will determine the scope of social freedoms in each region.
Eligible overseas arrivals can expect a shortened self-isolation period from the middle of next month.
New Zealand’s largest city will remain at Alert Level 4, the highest setting for coronavirus curbs, until September 21.
The country will stay at Alert Level 4 until Friday night, but Aucklanders are being asked to stay at home for the rest of this month.
Quarantine-free entry for some fully vaccinated visitors could happen from the first quarter of next year.
Quarantine-free flights are being halted due to the high risk of letting in the highly infectious Delta variant.
Returning citizens are not exempt from the new restrictions, which take effect on Sunday afternoon.